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Malcolm Johnson Director, ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau. ITU-T Presentation at ANSI December 2013. Outline. ITU and ITU-T in a nutshell Interoperability Convergence Cooperation and collaboration Food for thought. 1. ITU and ITU-T in a nutshell.
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Presentation at ANSI
ITU and ITU-T in a nutshell
Cooperation and collaboration
Food for thought
Unique public/private partnership:
193 Member States (Governments and regulatory bodies)
700 Private Sector (Sector Members and Associates)
In ITU-T, 95% of work is done and approved by private industry
Sector World Conferences
Other major ITU conferences and fora
ITU Connect series
Other major ICT sector events
Any patents in an ITU, ISO or IEC standard must be available
- free of charge or - RAND
Goal of patent roundtable: find a solution to some RAND encumbered problems related to SEPs (standards essential patents), in particular:
The availability of injunctive relief
The meaning of “reasonable” in RAND
ISO and IEC send representatives to IPR group
Optical fibre access and backbone
Internet of Things
ICT and environment
Intelligent Transport Systems
Accessibility for persons with disabilities
Economic issues such as roaming charges
63 universities and research centers in 38 countries
66 universities and research centers in 38 countries
Assistance in the establishment of test facilities in developing countries
Accredited test lab tests products/services against ITU-T Recommendation according to test specification
If vendor so wishes, can publish the fact that test was passed on ITU website database
Voluntary program - only if there is a market demand for a conformity assessment
1st ITU IPTV Interop testing and showcasing, July 2010
Manifestation of convergence also in governing texts:
ITU references “telecommunication/ICT” in its governing texts
ISO/IEC JTC 1 just changed its mission statement from IT to ICT
With convergence the traditional demarcation lines between ICT SDOs are becoming blurred
Forums and consortia continue to proliferate
Risk of overlap and duplication increasing
Concerns on both sides (ISO, IEC, ISO/IEC JTC 1 and ITU-T) have been voiced
Complexity of standards landscape keeps increasing
ICTs are ubiquitous in all walks of life:
Healthcare, transportation, banking, energy, entertainment, trade, education, …
Each sector has its own ecosystem which differs in:
Product life cycle
Policy and regulatory aspects
Ownership of data
International standards are becoming ever more essential in a global market
Key for SDOs: collaboration and cooperation rather than competition
Recognize each others strengths and complementarities
work towards common or complementary international standards
One of the three strategic objectives of ITU-T is:
“To extend and facilitate international cooperation among international and regional standardization bodies”
ISO Sec-Gen and IEC Vice-President were speakers
GSS recognized the increasing challenges due to convergence and involvement of vertical sectors
GSS affirmed the importance of addressing these challenges
ITU’s World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (Nov 2012) created Review Committee
One of the goals: Identify means to enhance cooperation between and among SDOs
ITU established high-level industry advisory group in 2009
Consists of 20+ chief technology officers from many of the world’s leading ICT companies
Proliferation of standards bodies a major concern of CTOs
CTO meeting 18 November 2013:
Calls also for development of bilateral coordination between ITU and SDOs
ISO, IEC and ITU
“to strengthen and advance voluntary consensus-based international standards system of IEC, ISO and ITU …”
About 10% of ITU-T’s standards are common text with ISO/IEC JTC 1
Common patent policy ITU-T, ITU-R, ISO, IEC
Three-year rolling plan
ITU recently joined ISO/IEC Resolution Group
Information now exchanged on new work items
ITU-T, ITU-R, CCSA (China), TTA (Korea), TTC & ARIB (Japan), ISACC (Canada), TIA & ATIS (USA), ETSI (Europe)
Currently reform discussion under way
Improve communication: how to ensure that new work items are communicated to relevant groups ?
ITU-T/JTC 1 liaison officers could be "facilitators" during discussions between the relevant groups ?
Web page providing information on past and current collaborative work ?
Encourage collaboration between the ITU-centric and ISO/IEC-centric players at the national level ?
Continue leadership meetings of ITU-T & ISO/IEC JTC 1 ?
Explore collaboration on C&I matters (ANSI-ASQ has accredited test labs for testing to ITU-T Recommendations) ?